September 29th, 2021|
Fall is here, and that means the weather couldn’t be any better for getting out and enjoying the day on your motorcycle. But even though the weather is cooperating, the drivers around you may not be. Inattentive and distracted drivers are the biggest threats that motorcyclists face on Tennessee’s roads, and the only way you can protect yourself against them is by riding as defensively as possible.
That means following two steps every time you ride:
Wear all the gear, all the time.
You can never predict if or when you’ll be involved in a crash while riding. Because of that, you must prepare yourself as though you’re at risk every time you ride, regardless of which roads you’re taking and how far you’re traveling.
Assume other drivers don’t see you.
As a motorcyclist, your biggest responsibility is to never take anything for granted. That includes whether road conditions are safe and whether other drivers can see you or are even aware of your presence. Don’t assume that the driver waiting to turn left knows you’re headed towards them—prepare for the encounter as if they don’t to reduce your risks.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers know how devastating crashes can be for riders, even those who take safety as seriously as they should. Safety gear can save your life and reduce your risk of injuries, but even the most well-equipped riders can still be severely harmed when they’re struck by negligent drivers.
If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
May 5th, 2021|
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is running advertisements and enforcement campaigns to help drivers be more alert and attentive on the road for bikers, and to ensure that motorcyclists ride as safely as possible.
At Ponce Law, we appreciate the efforts that law enforcement makes to keep people safe on roads throughout the Volunteer State. But we also know that riders can’t count on other drivers to always be on the lookout for them. Ultimately, it’s up to riders to protect themselves and be their best safety advocates.
The best way to stay safe while riding is to:
- Wear full gear—Never skip any piece of gear, regardless of trip distance, weather, or time of day. A crash can happen at any time.
- Don’t speed—When you speed, you have less time to react, slow down, or stop. Riding at or below the speed limit can significantly reduce your risks.
- Scan the road ahead—Always be on the lookout for the movements of vehicles and hazards in the road ahead. Be especially careful during and after rain showers, at intersections, and when you see vehicles that are about to turn left.
- Don’t ride at high-risk times—Be smart about when you ride. If you’re able to avoid riding at night, when it’s raining, or when temperatures dip below freezing, do it.
After motorcycle crashes, riders often get a bad rap from insurance companies. Our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers work hard to ensure that all the facts come out when they need compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was injured because of someone else’s negligence while you were riding.
June 3rd, 2020|
According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, 42% of fatal motorcycle crashes happen at intersections. How is that possible when most intersections are equipped with traffic control signs and devices, such as stop signs and traffic lights?
The answer is that motorcycles can be difficult for drivers to see. Drivers both consciously and subconsciously look for other vehicles. When they scan the road, whether they’re at intersections or any other part of a roadway, they look for cars, trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles, and other four-wheeled vehicles. Although seeing motorcycles isn’t out of the ordinary, it’s not always something they’re consciously looking for.
That lack of attention and focus puts motorcyclists at extreme risk. Motorcyclists face the greatest risks when drivers turn left, such as intersections where they have green lights but no green turn arrow. They may begin turning left because they don’t see passenger vehicles approaching them, not realizing that motorcycles are barreling towards them.
When that happens, motorcyclists often have to pump their bikes to avoid a more serious collision, or they may be unable to stop or swerve in time to avoid direct impact. Another significant risk is drivers running red lights after scanning cross streets. They may believe that no vehicles are approaching, but they don’t see the motorcyclists who are approaching the intersections at the same time.
Whether you’re a driver or a motorcyclist, it’s important to be extra cautious at intersections. They’re one of the most common places for serious accidents to occur. And if you’re ever injured in an accident at an intersection or anywhere else that was caused by a negligent driver, the Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
May 11th, 2015|
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Tennessee, which is why the Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law would like to discuss the importance of helmet use.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that using a helmet reduces a motorcyclist’s chance of death in the event of a crash by as much as 37 percent. Furthermore, helmets reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury by almost 70 percent. Helmets were also responsible for saving 46 lives and $94 million in economic damages in Tennessee during 2010 alone.
Despite these numbers, a constituency of our state’s lawmakers recently proposed a bill that would call for Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law to be repealed for riders over age 18. Those in favor of the change believe wearing a helmet should be a personal choice, not a mandated regulation. Those in favor of the current legislation pointed to the data to show the importance of a helmet. They also cited the difficulty of enforcing helmet laws that only apply to certain riders. Luckily, according to The Tennessean, legislators rejected the proposed bill late last month.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of requiring all motorcyclists wear helmets every time they ride, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are glad to see bikers are still required to wear this life-saving piece of safety equipment.
March 2nd, 2015|
It’s no secret that traffic can be horrendous in Middle Tennessee—and those at most risk in heavy traffic are motorcyclists. Vehicles often speed up and slow down and swerve in and out of lanes near motorcyclists, who only have a helmet as protection in the event of a collision.
To help reduce Tennessee motorcycle accidents, lawmakers are considering a new bill offering motorcyclists a chance to better protect themselves. Reports indicate the bill would allow motorcyclists to split lanes under certain traffic conditions.
Lane splitting is a maneuver common in many other parts of the world where motorcyclist travels between vehicles in two separate lanes. According to an article released by Motorcycle USA, H.B. 1102 would allow motorcyclists in Tennessee to do this as long as traffic is traveling at or below 45 mph and the motorcyclist doesn’t exceed the posted speed limit. Lane splitting would not be allowed in marked school zones where warning lights are flashing.
While lane splitting sounds dangerous, studies have shown it to improve motorcycle safety rates by reducing fatigue and exposure to vehicles whose speeds are fluctuating.
February 13th, 2015|
Spring is just around the corner in Middle Tennessee, and you can expect to see more motorcycles on the road. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to yield to bikers—causing an increase in Tennessee motorcycle accident numbers. Data shows there have been 167 crashes over the past three years caused by motorists who failed to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists while turning left.
When such an accident occurs, there are two ways to hold the responsible driver accountable—criminal and civil penalties.The ability to seek these penalties depends on the facts of the accident.
Take the case of a father who is distraught because the motorist who killed his son in a Tennessee motorcycle accident will not face criminal charges due to the location where the accident occurred.
WSMV 4 News reports the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle along Gallatin Road in Nashville when the driver of an SUV failed to yield the right-of-way and struck the motorcyclist. He was taken to the hospital, but died a short time later.
The victim’s father had pushed for charges to be filed against the driver of the SUV, but the District Attorney’s office passed on prosecuting the case because the law states a driver can only be charged for failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection. Since the accident didn’t happen at a road crossing, no charges are filed.
The prosecutor’s office did point out the driver could be held liable in civil court though, where the burden of proof and laws regarding liability are much different. The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law point out that if you’re considering filing a civil case against a driver who injured you in a Tennessee motorcycle accident, an experienced lawyer can help answer any questions you may have.
October 27th, 2014|
The sun is beginning to rise later and is setting earlier across Middle Tennessee as we prepare for the clocks to fall back. This time of year can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists as visibility decreases.
Just this past weekend there was a Tennessee motorcycle accident that was the result of a motorist’s failure to recognize a biker’s right-of-way. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, along Hampshire Pike in Columbia, Tennessee.
According to an article from the Columbia Daily Herald, the motorcyclist was heading westbound along the highway when the driver of a Chevrolet HHR attempted to turn left and failed to recognize the oncoming bike. The two vehicles collided and the motorcyclist was left with injuries that required transport to a local hospital for treatment.
The incident highlights the importance of motorists always looking out for motorcycles on the road. Additionally, motorcyclists following these tips to prevent accidents:
- Wear a helmet and safety gear.
- Drive defensively
- Never drink and drive
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Eliminate distractions when driving
At Ponce Law, we know the risks motorcyclists face each time they hit the road, which is why our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you safe when on a motorcycle in the future.
October 3rd, 2014|
Studies have shown that receiving formal training on how to ride a motorcycle can significantly reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents. Now, a group of soldiers in Middle Tennessee are using their motorcycle training as an opportunity to do good for others as well.
The Fort Campbell Courier reports soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Unit and the 101st Airborne Division spent several days partaking in the Motorcycle Safety Program, which offers participants instruction on how to safely operate motorcycles. The soldiers completed training in a classroom setting on topics such as cornering, swerving, and braking. Then they applied what they learned on a ride to Nashville to deliver teddy bears to children receiving care at the Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. The ride not only let the soldiers practice some of the techniques they had learned during the course, but also gave them an opportunity to put a smiles on children’s’ faces.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of motorcycle safety and giving back to the community. That’s why our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to applaud these soldiers for their act of kindness and encourage you to participate in a motorcycle safety course if you’re considering learning to ride a motorcycle.
March 11th, 2014|
March 10, 2014
Spring is in the air in Middle Tennessee and with the warmer weather, motorists in the region can expect to begin seeing a rise in the volume of motorcycles that are taking to the road. This increase in the number of bikes on roads and highways inevitably will lead to a growing number of Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents occurring.
This leaves many riders wondering what they can do to help stay safe while on the road. Most experts will agree that participating in a motorcycle training course is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of being involved in an accident, regardless of the rider’s experience level.
The Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program is a state-sponsored course that can give motorcyclists the skills and knowledge they need to safely operate a motorized bike. This is achieved through both academic and hands-on coursework.
Participants will go through several classroom sessions where safety, laws of the road, and certain techniques will be discussed. Then, riders will gear up and practice what they have learned on a closed course under instructor supervision.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law applaud the efforts being made by the state of Tennessee to keep motorcyclists safe, and encourage all riders to participate in one of the many upcoming courses that are being offered.